The John La Rose Ephemeral Material Archive Collection

July 6, 2021

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) holds ephemeral material collected by John La Rose between the 1950s and the 1980s, including selected items from the 1990s. Typical examples include leaflets, flyers, handbills, magazines, public letters and information sheets. These items reflect current political and cultural trends of the day, particularly in the UK and Caribbean.

Although such ephemeral items are normally kept for a short period of time, since they quickly deteriorate in importance after receipt, John La Rose recognised the value of such material to add context to events, record the ongoing activities of numerous organisations and serve as a reminder of public opinions at different points in time.

John La Rose stored the material he collected into boxes for future sorting. The original box titles have been retained in the current catalogue structure: UK Community Relations, UK Culture, UK Society and Politics, Africa, Caribbean, Cuba, East – covering the Middle East, Asia and Australasia – and North America. Material is then broken down by country, organisation or topic.

For more detailed information about the Ephemeral Material collected by John La Rose and for a link to the archive catalogue visit the archive page here

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Angela Davis and George Jackson Benefit Evening at the Mermaid Theatre (18 April 1971)